Clay-Union Electric holds annual meeting

Clay-Union Electric holds annual meeting The Clay-Union Electric Cooperative held its 2001 annual meeting on March 27 at the Gayville-Volin High School.

The meeting was attended by about 400 people, including 189 voting members, all of who enjoyed a delicious meal served by members of the Gayville-Volin Fire Department prior to the business session of the meeting.

The meeting was called to order by Dan O'Connor, president of the board of directors. The minutes of the 2000 annual meeting were distributed and approved. O'Connor then gave the president's report, followed by the treasurer's report, presented by Milo Gilbertson.

The election of officers for Districts 4 and 5 was held. Names placed into nomination for District 4 were Tom Larson, and in District 5 James Ryken. Both were re-elected to new terms as directors. Additional business included the review of proposed changes to the cooperative bylaws, and the approval of those changes.

Both O'Connor and Cooperative Manager Paul Roberts gave updates on the status of the cooperative, and forecasts for the future. They noted that 2000 had been a positive year for the cooperative, with strong electrical sales, added offerings such as DBS and wiring making important financial contributions, and a number of new services and upgrades being added and performed.

It was also noted that once again, the members of Clay-Union received refund checks due to excess margins created by the above mentioned factors. Of important note to the members was the fact that the past year marked the 13th year in a row of rate stability, with rates forecast to remain stable through 2003.

The 2001 annual meeting used a theme of "Members � the Cooperative Value" to focus on the unique role of members in the cooperative power supply system. A view of the role the member plays in the business matters and financial success of the cooperative was highlighted. Also noted were the programs offered by the cooperative to address the service needs of the member.

Several employees were honored for their years of service to the members of the cooperative. Gary Prasek was presented with a 30-year service award, while Mike Kjose and Brad Broderson received 25- and 15-year service pins respectively. O'Connor and Gilbertson were recognized for 15 and 20 years of service respectively.

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